Rowlandson's painting shows the 'fly', a fast horse-drawn carriage crammed with people, heading towards Portsmouth down the London Road.

The background captures some of the city's iconic sights, including Southsea Castle, Portsea Island and Portchester Castle.


General Sir Arthus Wynee; Hildegarde Loretta Sell and Anna Sosenko; Mr Marc Fitch, 1987; private collection.

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